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Consumer Reports' top car picks - Americans shut out

Detroit automakers don't make it into the influential magazine's list.

Budget car: Hyundai Elantra

consumer reports 2013 hyundai elantra
  • Test score (out of 100): 80
  • CR overall fuel economy: 29 mpg

Watch: Hyundai's new Elantra nearly perfect

The Elantra is "well-rounded" and offers a surprising amount of room and refinement for such a low price, according to Consumer Reports. It's a nimble car with a smooth, comfortable ride and a responsive engine, the magazine reports.

Consumer Reports anonymously purchases all the cars it tests from ordinary retail auto dealers. The cars are tested on public roads as well as at the magazine's Connecticut test track. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, the magazine publishes no ads and does not allow its awards to be used in advertising.

- Last updated February 26 2013 02:10 PM ET